|The resources sector has a very strong interest in preserving the biodiversity of the iconic Great Barrier Reef and recognises that the health of both the Reef and the resources sector are intertwined. |
Queensland’s economic future is tied to its global exports of minerals, energy, agricultural and manufactured products and tourism.
Our ports, some of which operate adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are a gateway to domestic and international trade, connecting Australia to the world.
Working alongside the Great Barrier Reef demands meticulous care when planning all developments, but especially ports. Where impacts may occur, rigorous environmental assessments are compulsory under state and federal laws and then monitored closely.
As exports of commodities and imports of vital goods to and from Queensland grow, so must the capacity of ports and the number of ship movements through the GBR World Heritage Area.
Please read on through the links below to find out more about how communities, traditional owners, businesses, farmers, miners, individuals and groups, regulators, and tourism groups have for many years worked together to balance the needs of our island nation's export industries while carefully managing impacts on our Great Barrier Reef.
ReefVTS watches over the largest stretch of monitored ocean in the world, a vital trade route worth more than 30 billion dollars a year. See it in action More »
Independent Science Panel established
in 2009 to provide multidisciplinary scientific advice to the Australian and Queensland Governments on implementing Reef Plan. More »